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Mary asked me to post a song of the week since she has a prior engagement. This week, I'm picking a somewhat overlooked classic that Brian recently added to his setlist in honor of the 50th anniversary of Wild Honey. Let the Wind Blow. A beautiful ballad with great vocals from Mike and Brian, though my favorite version is probably the version Carl sings on the In Concert album.
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Yes this is a wonderful song,

The album version is great but the live album adds an even greater dimension to it.

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The best song on the album?  I think most days I'd pick the original Here Comes the Night.  Both of 'em fantastic songs though.  [as are Country Air, Darlin and I'd love Just Once to See You..."in the nude".  Well... ... ...not YOU kds. 
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The best song on the album?  I think most days I'd pick the original Here Comes the Night.  Both of 'em fantastic songs though.  [as are Country Air, Darlin and I'd love Just Once to See You..."in the nude".  Well... ... ...not YOU kds. 


I just listened to WH yesterday (I had a spare 23 minutes).  My favorite would probably be either Country Air, Let the Wind Blow, or Darlin.  
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I'm shocked that Wild Honey is only 25 minutes long. That's kind of short for an album, especially of 11 songs. But then again, there's not a song longer than 3 minutes.
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Hi all,

Thank you KDS for doing Song of the Week this week.  Let The Wind Blow is an excellent choice.  It is a nice, soothing song.  Great everything.  
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As regards Let the Wind Blow, there seemed to be some contention with the lyrics, particularly  "Let the poor find money, take away their sorrow, give them sunshine tomorrow....? It  was almost like Marie Antoinette: "Let them eat cakes....." Food for thought?
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As regards Let the Wind Blow, there seemed to be some contention with the lyrics, particularly  "Let the poor find money, take away their sorrow, give them sunshine tomorrow....? It  was almost like Marie Antoinette: "Let them eat cakes....." Food for thought?
HUH?!?  Two things not right about that.  In context to the song, the author "wants" these things to happen (the grass to grow...the moon on the fallen snow to glow...the bees to make honey...the poor to find money...the bird to sing, etc etc.).  The second thing is this "contention" I've never heard of.

Or if you're being creative with Marie Antoinette's meaning, well, there's no record she even said it anyway. 
So what the heck is your point?

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Terrific song from a great album.  I'm amazed there is so much good stuff packed into 25 minutes too.

For anybody's immediate listening pleasure ...


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Regarding the lyrics to Let The Wind Blow,  my point is that Brian was made out by some critics at the time to be a heartless middle class aristo who was somehow dismissive of the poor; also I am well aware of the Marie Antoinette remark being a possible out of context mis-quote. I personally am also aware that Brian felt sympathy for the poor. I hope that I have resolved this  point as you suggest?
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Regarding the lyrics to Let The Wind Blow,  my point is that Brian was made out by some critics at the time to be a heartless middle class aristo who was somehow dismissive of the poor; also I am well aware of the Marie Antoinette remark being a possible out of context mis-quote. I personally am also aware that Brian felt sympathy for the poor. I hope that I have resolved this  point as you suggest?


"Heartless middle class artisto"?  That's one I've never heard before.  

Unless we're talking about one of those pointless, ridiculous, click bait re-evaluations of the "sexism" of California Girls or the "racism" of Pet Sounds.
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The song was actually written by Brian, Carl and Mike...and as Mike has never been much of a musical contributor to his body of work with Brian... ... ...well... ... ...

That said...I don't see where the lyrics suggest, in any way, that cake is being served. 

Would ice cream be part of the equation?
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it's not a ridiculous observation to level at the hippies, including the Marie Antoinette thing.  Sitting around in colorful clothes, with joint in hand, did not solve the poor's problems.  the let them eat cake line, sounds like that rich girl.  let the poor find money sounds like what the casually less than 40-hours a week working people sitting on the stoops of their 1967 San Francisco Victorian, might say. 

Good song, tho!
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Pertaining to seemingly ongoing discussion of the "Poor/Money" lyrics, It has crossed my mind that perhaps Brian - or somebody - was making  tart, somewhat sarcastic observations about the superficial, perhaps even false, compassion and "idealism" of the hippies? A favourite of mine, from "I know there's an Answer": "They come on like they're peaceful, but inside they're so uptight; they trip through the day and waste all their thoughts at night...." Ouch, that was painful....hitting too close to the bone.....?! More food for thought?
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Pertaining to seemingly ongoing discussion of the "Poor/Money" lyrics, It has crossed my mind that perhaps Brian - or somebody - was making  tart, somewhat sarcastic observations about the superficial, perhaps even false, compassion and "idealism" of the hippies? A favourite of mine, from "I know there's an Answer": "They come on like they're peaceful, but inside they're so uptight; they trip through the day and waste all their thoughts at night...." Ouch, that was painful....hitting too close to the bone.....?! More food for thought?
You know, ss, it seems that you (especially, you) can make up anything you want about any lyric of any song.  So why don't you look into interpretations of the Bay City Rollers' songs?  If they don't have a community forum, feel free to start one up.

We are currently discussing a particular Song of the Week from Brian Wilson's outstanding vast collection - this week, it's the terrific (thank you Bonnie) composition, "Let the Wind Blow."  If you have anything truly enlightening to share with the Community about this song, please join in...about that - but your seemingly ongoing "poor/money" theory has not been accepted here.

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